Hair Loss

With Xtrands+®, Isabelle O. Lives Life Uninhibited by Alopecia Areata


September 11, 2018

You’d never know by looking at her, but 22-year-old Xtrands+® Client and Hair Club employee Isabelle O. lost all her hair when she was only 3 years old. She was diagnosed with alopecia totalis, a type of alopecia areata that causes a total loss of scalp hair.

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that impacts nearly 7 million people in the United States alone. Still, little is known about the disease. There’s no cure, and while hair could regrow at any time, symptoms often recur throughout a person’s lifetime. It’s thought to be genetic, but scientists believe environmental factors also play a role.

There are several types of the condition including:

  • Alopecia areata (patchy), which results in round patches of hair loss
  • Alopecia totalis, characterized by the complete loss of scalp hair
  • Alopecia universalis, which results in the total loss of hair on the scalp and body
  • Ophiasis, which occurs in a wave pattern around the edge of the scalp

Even though Isabelle had alopecia areata, it never stopped her from being an active child. She enjoyed swimming, dancing and cheerleading from a young age. When Isabelle was 9 years old, her mother heard about Hair Club for Kids® (HCFK), a charitable program created by Hair Club in 1992 to provide non-surgical hair replacement to eligible children between the ages of 6-17 who are suffering from hair loss, completely free of charge.

“I instantly felt at home at Hair Club, like I was part of a family,” said Isabelle. She never forgot her first visit to the center, and it’s why she’s still a client today. Isabelle had such an amazing experience with HCFK over the years that she decided to dedicate her career to helping others with hair loss. Today, Isabelle is a New Client Specialist at Hair Club Albany in New York. “It’s so great to be part of this team in such a supportive environment,” she said.

With September being National Alopecia Areata Month, Isabelle is sharing her experience with Xtrands+, a hair loss solution that allows her to wear any hairstyle, length or color she wants.

Check out the variety of trendy styles Isabelle showed off at a recent Hair Club photo shoot:

I love being able to do whatever I want with my hair. -Isabelle O.

Solutions for Hair Loss

Xtrands+ is an innovative hair replacement solution that’s designed to help people with moderate to advanced hair loss dramatically transform their look. Hair Club fully customizes the solution to match the color, texture and density of each client’s hair. With Xtrands+, people of all ages and ethnicities can get a full head of hair that makes them feel their best.

Whether you struggle with alopecia areata, or any number of other hair loss conditions, you have options. Come in for a free hair analysis and find out if Xtrands+ is right for you. Schedule your complimentary consultation with a hair loss expert today.

For informational purposes only. The information presented herein is general in nature and is not intended to substitute the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.